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May 6, 2015

Oculus Rift Confirmed for Q1 2016

It’s happening: Facebook-owned Oculus announced on Tuesday that its long-in-development virtual reality headset, the Rift, will be ready for our sweaty faces in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders will open later this year, and that’s just enough time for me to go OH CRAP I NEED A BETTER COMPUTER SITUATION FOR THIS MAGIC VR HEADSET.

The company made the announcement on its blog, though not too many more details came through other than that. Oculus did say that this long-awaited consumer grade version of the Rift is better than [...]

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May 5, 2015

Jewelers Offer Deep Discounts on Homemade Apple Watch Editions

The Apple Watch is already a pretty expensive device considering its actual cost to create. A recent teardown of the entry-level model, the Apple Watch Sport, claims that its cost of production is about $84—and it retails for $349, a considerable markup, to be sure. The Apple Watch Edition, meanwhile, starts at a whopping $10,000—and merely offers the same device with an 18 karat gold case.

So if you want to rock a gold Apple Watch, but want to pay a bit (a lot) less, a post on 9to5Mac points the way to a few [...]

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May 5, 2015

Cloud-Based Video Solutions Gain Popularity With “Have It Your Way” Approach

When shopping for cloud-based video services, knowing the difference between encoding and transcoding ensures you get the service you need at the speeds you require. Prior objections to encoding included upload time which is solved with the cloud. Rather than upload single files, companies create multiple adaptive packages in the cloud and deliver them that way. It’s a far more efficient approach that saves companies time and money.

Cloud video conferencing gives users option as to how they receive the [...]

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May 4, 2015

The Next Apple TV Remote Will Be Radically Different

The original Apple TV remote (left), next to the current Apple TV Remote (right).

The first Apple TV remote was small, white plastic device with a handful of buttons. That remote was phased out by the current remote that ships with Apple TV’s, the current one is the one most people are familiar with: thin and silver with a few black buttons — just the right amount to make it useful and intuitive. This is by design.

The New York Times is now reporting that the new Apple TV remote, which [...]

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May 4, 2015

QR Codes Are Back…in Snapchat Form

It seems that Snapchat has found a way to spread its gospel from the digital world to the physical one in the form of “Snapcodes,” specific, individualized images that allow Snapchat users to connect with other users through smartphone camera scans. Just like QR Codes that sent users to different websites, Snapcodes are unique identifiers that a user photographs to gain access to other users.

Snapchat continues to come up with new ways to engage its users.

The big difference between QR Codes and [...]

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May 4, 2015

Rumor: New Surface Pro 4 Reveal in Mid-May

I’ve been using and loving my Surface Pro 3 for about a year now—but, hot damn, I’m ready for a new jammy up in here. A post on SlashGear from last week cites an anonymous tipster, who claims that Microsoft will be revealing the newest iteration of its Surface Pro line sometime this month—which would put the Surface Pro 4’s debut about a year after the reveal of the Surface Pro 3.

The post offers some details about what the new Surface Pro 4 might offer. Since we’ve known since last October that it’ll be compatible with the [...]

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May 3, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google is Buying Patents to Help Protect Them from Trolls; Ouya Puts Itself Up for Sale

Thanks for stopping by for this weekend’s edition of the Wrap-Up! Companies in the news this week include Google, Ouya, Microsoft, and Apple. Let’s find out why.

Google is Buying Patents to Thwart Trolls

Patent trolls are individuals/companies that don’t actually do anything with a patent; instead, they sue whoever they believe is infringing on it. Google has an interesting idea for how to deal with this problem: buy all the patents. Well, not all the patents, but Google will be accepting submissions from [...]

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May 2, 2015

How To Rip A DVD to Your Mac

We’ve all been there (or you may be there right now if you are reading this): you want to rip a DVD you own to your Mac so you can watch it without having to pop in the disc every time. Ripping a DVD will also allow you to put the movie on a mobile device such as your iPhone or iPad so you can watch it on-the-go.

I’m going to outline the steps on how to rip a DVD to your Mac below, but before I begin, you need to keep in mind that new Mac’s no longer have optical drives. This is normally a good thing because it [...]

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